I definitely agree with the article and would say that the issue has many variables. But I my opinion it's not simply just a lack of experience do to a lack of training (although that is a major contributing factor), but it's also do to the fact that many in the trades are operating like it's the 90's. Skilled carpenters are getting paid similar wages to what they were making in the 90's, but the problem is the cost of living has nearly doubled in that time. $20-$25 p/h 15- 20 years ago was a good middle class wage and a man could support his family on that wage. Now it's nearly impossible to support a family at that same rate and yet it's the standard wage for skilled carpenters. For example, in NJ for a family of four the poverty line is about $42k per year. So if I'm getting paid $20 an hour as a skilled carpenter I'm actually below the poverty line, and that's before paying taxes. After taxes I'm Way below the poverty line and cannot even afford a 2 bedroom apartment in NJ. And what's even more troubling is that many contractors in my area want to only pay their skilled guys $15-18 per hour.... that's a joke! So most skilled carpenters are either forced to start their own companies or leave the trades all together just to support their families. If guys start paying skilled workers what they are actually worth, based upon skill set and supply and demand in the market then you will begin to see things change.
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